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UPM provides ProFi Deck composite for temporary housing project in Japan
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Finland-based forest company UPM has donated its UPM ProFi Deck composite to architect Shigeru Ban’s temporary housing project for earthquake victims in Onagawa town in north-east Japan.


10/19/2011 — Shigeru Ban’s Container Temporary Housing project will provide homes for approximately 200 families. The development involves nine blocks of three-storey buildings comprising a total of 188 apartments. The project will also include a market-like shopping facility, library and art hall in the middle of the blocks.

The housing project is constructed from recycled and recyclable materials. The main structures of the apartments are assembled from old shipping containers piled up on top of each other, held up by steel poles and linked by corridors and doors.

UPM’s ProFi Deck composite is used to construct the corridors and outside decking. The interiors and basic furniture will also be designed by Shigeru Ban’s team using recycled wood, corrugated board and paper cores.

The first houses were completed in the end of September 2011, and construction work is aimed to be completed in mid-November 2011 when all the new inhabitants move in.

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